Join our Act of Reparation
seeking the Holy Face of Jesus
For now we see through a glass,
darkly, but then face to face.
Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus
In the year of our Lord 1844, a French
Carmelite nun named Sister Mary of St. Peter claimed that our
blessed Lord had himself revealed this devotion to her at Mount
Carmel. She stated that he wanted this devotion spread
throughout the world as a way of making reparation for the sins that
Taking the good sister's words to heart, a
layman named Leo Dupont started the private practice of this
devotion to the Holy Face. Miracles immediately began to occur
and lasted for a period of more than thirty years. This
created a sensation throughout France, and the Catholic Church began
an investigation into the miracles, ultimately recognizing them and
the revelations to Sister Mary of St. Peter as authentic.
Pope Pius IX granted indulgences to those
devoted to the Holy Face, as did his successor Pope Leo XIII, who,
in 1885, established this special devotion as an Archconfraternity
for the entire world.
A Devotion for our Time
If our Blessed Lord requests us to make
reparation for the sins that offend God, surely the present time
demands our sacrifices more than any other period of history.
With all the benefits and graces of the Redemption at our disposal
we have nevertheless managed to descend to the lowest ever level of
universal immorality and institutionalized corruption.
We may leave it to others to figure out the
reasons why this happened, and to work on human solutions to escape
the present horrors and inevitable chastisement that must follow.
But what we cannot do is shirk our own responsibility to
make the reparation due to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for the
infinite offences perpetrated against him.
Each of us must act now--decisively and with
firm commitment--to offer up our prayers and daily sacrifices.
We must do this not because we seek miracles, nor to escape the
wrath of God, but rather, simply because we love God.
A Devotion of Love
What more effective way to inspire this love
could there possibly be than to look into the Face of our suffering
Saviour? Who among us can witness this bleeding and sorrowful
Face without being moved to repentance and a commitment to a holier
life? And where else is the beauty and suffering of this Holy
Face so real than in the image our Saviour left on the Veil of
When this holy woman took her veil to wipe
away some of the bloody sweat and spittle from the face of Jesus as
he carried his Cross to Calvary, she was rewarded by the appearance
on that veil of a miraculous image. It was the true image of
Christ's Holy Face, resplendent in suffering, gazing with love upon
us who crucified him with our sins, challenging us to rise, take up
our own cross, and follow him.
An Urgent Call from Heaven
Do we live in fear and anxiety in this world
gone mad? Does the ever-tightening grip of evil make us cry
out in the dark hours of the night to God for help? "Save us,
Lord, for we perish!" Do we feel helpless?
It is true that in human terms we are faced
with an enemy who seems to have gained the upper hand. But our
blessed Lord has shown us how we may avoid despair, how we may even
participate, heroically, in the eternal struggle between Good and
Evil. "Let not your heart be troubled," he said to his
disciples, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man
cometh to the Father but by me." That image on the Veil of
Veronica is the Face of our Saviour, our Redeemer. Heaven is
still our destiny if we love him by following his commandments.
And Heaven may yet be the destiny of other sinners too if we do our
small part to make reparation for their sins.
The Society of Veronica's Veil is just one
humble way in which we can unite our prayers and penances
with those of each other. We come to these webpages regularly,
sinners one and all, to recite the devotions to the Holy Face.
It is our oasis of peace but also our battlefield against the wiles
of the Devil. We find our consolation here, but also the
weapons to fight on. We do so with the blessed assurance that
the Immaculate Heart of Mary will ultimately triumph and that she
will, once and for all, crush the head of the serpent beneath her heel